For You Newbies Who Are Nervous About Driving A Big Rig...

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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My friend and I were talking tonight not about being nervous driving a semi, but how nervous we are now to drive regular cars! After 15 years of owning Mustang GTs, i sold mine because 1) i never get to drive it and 2) I was terrified to drive it now!

It only took a couple years of the big rig to make me feel as though all the other vehicles towered over me. In addition, i felt nervous backing up because my mirrors were so tiny!

and parking??? i could never tell if i was in the lane or up far enough in the parking space. I actually opened the door and GOALd a few times. When i went out for surgery, i rented a Jeep Grand Cherokee thinking the bigger size would help. It still felt like riding a lawn mower. i can parallel a 75ft monster into any rest area, but i could not pull forward into a car space.

so next time you think you are nervous driving that truck, remember, i am somewhere GOALing in a car!

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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I agree, my wife tells me I forgot how to drive a car.

Pete M.'s Comment
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My friend and I were talking tonight not about being nervous driving a semi, but how nervous we are now to drive regular cars! After 15 years of owning Mustang GTs, i sold mine because 1) i never get to drive it and 2) I was terrified to drive it now!

It only took a couple years of the big rig to make me feel as though all the other vehicles towered over me. In addition, i felt nervous backing up because my mirrors were so tiny!

and parking??? i could never tell if i was in the lane or up far enough in the parking space. I actually opened the door and GOALd a few times. When i went out for surgery, i rented a Jeep Grand Cherokee thinking the bigger size would help. It still felt like riding a lawn mower. i can parallel a 75ft monster into any rest area, but i could not pull forward into a car space.

so next time you think you are nervous driving that truck, remember, i am somewhere GOALing in a car!

Rainy,

I have always had the same problem going from my pickup to my wife's Jetta. LOL.

Jamie's Comment
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When I'm home for home time my wife likes me to drive, it's terrible. Sure I like being able to get up to speed quickly but backing, looking in my mirrows and everything else is terrible. Plus we have a car low to the ground.. so after a few weeks on the road it feels so small and low. rofl-2.gif

Big T's Comment
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Lol I used to drive a geo metro. Try spending 4 to 6 weeks in a international 9200i and then get in a geo.

Im the driver when I get home but I end up getting a headache the first few times I drive because my Xbox only has one gauge and my brain keeps scanning for the other 13 gauges.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Old School's Comment
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There's just something about the mental image of a guy whose handle is "Big T" driving a Geo Metro that troubles my mind. smile.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big T's Comment
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rofl-2.gif

There's just something about the mental image of a guy whose handle is "Big T" driving a Geo Metro that troubles my mind. smile.gif

rofl-2.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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My nephew is on home time fresh from training and said his pickup feels tiny now.

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